The Hero’s Journey is a cyclical journey commonly used in literature. Joseph Campbell was the first to realize this pattern is frequently used in stories, movies, and fairytales. The cycle contains twelve significant milestones that occur as a hero explores an unknown special world. This cycle resembles a clock in a few ways. The twelve hours represent the twelve stages. The minutes in between resemble the minor, yet important events. Similar to the clock’s order sequence, the hero’s journey must occur in a specific order; beginning with status quo and ending with status. The hero's journey has many regulations, therefore, many stories do not qualify. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is not an example of A Hero’s Journey because it does not possess certain components included in the hero’s journey.
Charles Dickens once stated, “Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” If living a harsh life, people do not realize the importance of a tender heart. Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Later on in his career, he wrote David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and the traditional holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol. As his books became popular, he gained the title as the best author in the Victorian Era. He died on June 9, 1870. Charles Dickens wrote the book A Christmas Carol to give awareness to other journalists on social inequality, but also impacted Christmas during the Victorian Era and all the way up through the 21st century.
Archetypal school of literary criticism is a type of literary criticism that is concerned with recurring myths and archetypes in symbols, characters, actions, and situations within literary pieces. A myth is a story handed down through history and an archetype is a typical character, action or situation that seems to represent such universal patterns of human nature. Archetypal school of literary criticism strongly applies to Dr. Seuss’ children poem, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. In this literary piece, the character archetype is the Grinch being the outcast. The outcast archetype is a character that is banished from a social group because of a crime committed. The Grinch is not banished by the Who people, however he chooses to exclude
Within literature, there are a multitude of archetypes which appear in varied bodies of work; Archetypes are recurring symbols, attitudes, plot lines, or characters that appear within reading material. Upon examination, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss is one fine example of a body of literature that contains archetypes.
In ‘A Christmas Carol’, Dickens presents Ignorance and Want in a metaphorical fashion, depicting them as children. This is done in such a manner as to shock and appall the reader, leading to greater emotional investment.
In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens utilizes a plethora of literary devices such as similes, metaphors, imagery, and denouement to explore the capacity for change. This reveals that changing is never impossible until you’re six-feet under.
Have you ever wanted to do something bad to intentionality hurt others feelings, but you later change your mind on the decisions you are making? The authors changes the character 's feelings to demonstrate how a character and how people can change overtime. In the stories "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "Thank you M 'am", and "the Christmas Carol". The author can using the changing in character in a variety of ways, the author creates a change in writing by changing the characters in the story.
“Today I choose life, every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” - (Kevyn Aucoin). In the book, Christmas Carol happiness is one idea that beautifully connects each theme in the story together. Set in the Victorian era (1837-1901) Charles Dickens creates a character named, Ebenezer Scrooge who navigates through some this era. In the book, the themes that are carefully connected with the idea happiness are social injustice, Scrooge’s transformation, and childhood innocence. Social injustice represents how poor
As presented in the fairy tale, Snow White is a princess and part of the higher social class. Additionally, the Queen did not really care about the negative economic situation of the lower class. This is why Marxist Literary Theory can be applied to “Snow White”. The author of Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Peter Barry, says “The aim of Marxism is to bring about a classless society, based on the common ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange” (150). This quote shows how Karl Marx wants to bring all the classes together where everyone has equal opportunities because there has been division in society. “Snow White” shows class versus class issues and the struggle of the lower
For example, before the existence of civil society, there were no class struggles. Humans worked together for their collective good. Marx refers to this mode of production as ‘’primitive communism’’. The reason there were no class struggles during this mode of production was there were no surplus goods or labour
The Grinch who stole Christmas is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and one of my favorite Christmas movies. I found 3 things similar to one another in the book and the movie which had the Grinch who hated Christmas, the Who’s who loved Christmas, and the Grinch stole all of the presents and food. One identical thing I found in the movie and book was that the Grinch hated Christmas. If they didn’t put the Grinch’s hate for Christmas in both the book and, he would have no reason to steal Christmas and it wouldn’t have been a very good movie. The second comparison between the book and the movie was Who’s love for Christmas. This is very important because the it is the Who’s love for Christmas that causes the Grinch's hate for
When the anticipated senior year finally begins, a typical student at Laurel High School enjoys a brief honeymoon of peer dominance and the illusion that the finish line is in sight. Then, reality sets in. College and scholarship applications burden an already hefty load of work so that by December, much like poor little Max the dog in Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch, seniors feel they are dragging forty times their weight up a steep, snowy mountain.
Dr. Seuss’s is a well- known and influential American writer whose books staple in homes and elementary schools today. Dr. Seuss's books had an influence on me because they always gave me a sense of imagination. Dr. Seuss's books were an easy read and constantly getting stuck in my head. As a young girl I used to quote Green Eggs and Ham all the time around my house. Even during the holiday season (Christmas time) Dr. Seuss’s book The Grinch who stole Christmas is constantly being read internationally in commemoration of Christmas spirit. In almost all of Dr.Seuss’s books they always stated an inspirational message or a moral. In Oh the Places You Will Go the moral states that everyday belongs to you, live life to the fullest. Dr.Seuss’s
Have you ever wondered if someone can change overnight? In this book Scrooge changed very rapidly with the ghost appearing and changing him completely . In the beginning of the story Scrooge was hateful and in the end he was very loving. But once he started to change he changed very rapidly. When the ghosts started coming he started changing , each time one ghost came he changed little by little . In the book “ a christmas carol “ by charles dickens , the theme is influenced by the process of change by scrooge 's character , and the ways he changed through the ghost 's appearance in the story.
“Karl Marx was a German philosopher and economist who with Friedrich Engels authored the “communist manifesto” a critical analysis of capitalism that saw the material or economic basis of inequality and power relations as the cause of social instability and conflict” (Little & McGivern, 2013, p.13).